RPS is one of Ireland’s leading multidisciplinary consultancies. We have a passion to design and develop sustainable infrastructure.

We are uniquely placed to provide a fully integrated service to our clients in Planning, Environment, Engineering, Communications and Project Management. Our range of integrated disciplines and services ensure continuity, consistency and high quality service delivery.

We plan, design, develop and manage sustainable projects for public and private sector clients. We deliver value for money by promoting best practice, responsibility, accountability and effective communication.

M8/M73/M74 Motorway Improvements Project

Image: courtesy of Lagan Ferrovial

This £500 million project upgrades the core of Scotland’s motorway network. By improving connection times between Glasgow and Edinburgh, it has boosted Scotland’s economy, as well as reducing emissions and improving road safety. The project comprises a new three-lane motorway between Baillieston and Newhouse to complete the M8, upgrades to the M73 and M74, and the upgrading of one of Scotland’s busiest junctions – the Raith Interchange.

RPS acted as the contractor’s designer (to Ferrovial-Lagan) on behalf of Transport Scotland for this major DBFO project. RPS undertook detailed design of highways, bridges, other highway structures, geotechnical and lighting. Our design team faced a unique engineering challenge at Raith Interchange, which required upgrading within a very confined footprint, under live traffic conditions with over 100,000 vehicle movements per day.

We designed a new elevated free-flow rotary above the existing roundabout and an underpass beneath it – all in a flood plain, adjacent to an area of environmental sensitivity, coupled with massive artesian pressures and variable ground conditions. As parts of the project are located within a flood plain, detailed drainage design included a Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS), with ponds designed to cater for the 1 in 100-year storm plus climate change.

RPS also pioneered the use of building information modelling (BIM) technology on this project, achieving the first large scale implementation of Level 2 BIM on an infrastructural project in Ireland or the UK.

The M8 / M73 / M74 project was awarded the ACEI Design Excellence Award 2018 for Overseas Projects (Large).

Gas to the West, Northern Ireland

The SGN / Mutual Energy Gas to the West Project costing some £250 million is a nationally strategic development which will extend the high pressure (HP) and intermediate pressure (IP) gas network in Northern Ireland. RPS was appointed in 2015 to provide planning, environmental and engineering services for the development, including delivery of the environmental impact assessment (and appropriate assessment) and coordination of extensive pipeline ground investigations.

RPS has also input significantly to the route selection process through environmental baseline surveys to ensure that the decision process for the final alignments of the proposed pipeline routes made due consideration for the environment. This ensured that the least environmentally constrained route was selected.

The HP network will involve the installation of approximately 80km of high pressure steel gas transmission pipeline. The new IP PE gas pipeline has a design pressure of less than 7 bar and is approximately 100km in length. The project will bring gas to the towns of Enniskillen, Derrylin, Omagh, Strabane, Dungannon, Coalisland, Cookstown and Magherafelt.

The project presents a number of challenging aspects in terms of ground conditions, large scale river and road crossings and environmental sensitivities. Baseline assessments and site investigations have ensured that appropriate construction methodologies, such as trenchless crossings, are being used in areas where avoidance of constraints was not possible.

The RPS planning team was responsible for overseeing all elements of the planning application including stakeholder consultation to new statutory requirement which was submitted in 2016. The Gas to the West Project successfully received Approval of Planning Permission from the Department of Infrastructure’s Strategic Planning Division in March 2017 without recourse to an Oral Hearing.

The stakeholder consultation element of the project was Highly Commended at the British Construction Industry (BCI) Awards in 2017.

European Green Capital & European Green Leaf

Nijmegen, European Green Capital 2018 (courtesy of City of Nijmegen)

RPS is the EU Commission Secretariat for the European Green Capital Award and the European Green Leaf Award. These awards recognise the importance of urban design for sustainable living.

Since the launch of the award in 2008, ten cities have held the European Green Capital title: Stockholm 2010; Hamburg 2011; Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain) 2012; Nantes 2013; Copenhagen 2014; Bristol 2015; Ljubljana (Slovenia) in 2016; Essen (Germany) 2017; Nijmegan (the Netherlands) 2018; and Oslo 2019.

The European Green Leaf, a competition for smaller cities, was launched in 2015. This is aimed at cities with 20,000 to 100,000 inhabitants that show a strong commitment to green growth, sustainable urban environment and ambitious plans for the future.

As Secretariat, RPS manages the delivery of the competition on technical, environmental and communications levels across the 28 Member States. We manage the awards website (www.europeangreencapital.eu) and implement ongoing campaigns to build awareness of the awards through a range of social media channels, traditional media and at events throughout Europe. We also produce information materials, including animated videos and a suite of brochures, each year to promote the awards and the winning cities. Our team also assists the Commission with event management for the awards ceremony, ensuring compliance with branding rules amongst winning cities, and participates in an annual live-streamed Applicant Workshop in Brussels.

To date 86 cities from 26 Member States have entered for the European Green Capital awards which is now running 10 years.

Haulbowline Island East Tip Remediation Project

Haulbowline Island in Cork Harbour was the location of Ireland’s only steelworks which operated between 1939 and 2001. From the early 1960s, waste from the steel production process was deposited on an area of reclaimed foreshore, which became known as the ‘East Tip’.

The East Tip predominantly comprises stockpiles of waste slag and mill scale throughout the 9 hectare site. The overall Haubowline Island Remediation Project represents a multimillion Euro investment by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, through their agent Cork County Council. The island, which is also home to the Irish Naval Service, only has one land-based access point across two bridges and this infrastructure also needed significant upgrades to facilitate the remediation project.

RPS provided environmental and engineering consultancy services for the preparation of an outline remediation design, EIS, waste licence application and planning application for the East Tip. In 2014, a planning application for the remediation of the East Tip and its transformation into a public recreational amenity was approved by An Bord Pleanála and a waste licence was subsequently granted by the EPA.

RPS is also providing design, procurement and contract management services to facilitate the delivery of the remediation solution. Remedial works designed by RPS began in 2014 with the repair of the bridges to the island and the upgrading of the access road. Most recently, RPS has managed a number of advance works contracts (including demolition, site clearance and preparatory works) through detailed design and construction completion.

The main remediation works contract commenced construction in July 2017 and is delivering a sustainable design solution through re-profiling of the site, construction of a perimeter engineered structure around the East Tip and installation of engineered capping and surface water drainage systems. The ultimate landscape masterplan which is currently being delivered will comprise a public parkland amenity with picturesque views of Cork Harbour. It is envisaged that construction work will be substantially complete by the end of 2018.

Carlow Flood Relief Project

The award winning Carlow Flood Relief project safeguards residents of Carlow Town against the threat of flooding.

Carlow Town, with a population of over 23,000, has been affected by flooding from the Rivers Barrow and Burrin for many years.

The design of Carlow Flood Relief Scheme recommended containment of the 100 year flood within the river channels as the preferred solution, to be achieved through the construction of reinforced concrete and sheetpiled floodwalls.

The biggest challenge for RPS as project designer and engineer was to design defences that would not adversely impact on the town’s long relationship with its rivers. The project involved considerable correspondence with multiple stakeholders. The flood defence works incorporated new amenity facilities in the area, including a new improved boat slip and a pedestrian tow path.

As well as protecting the built environment and creating a new public realm, the works have provided an added benefit to the town by regenerating areas and enhancing the public’s association with the town’s rivers. The project won the Protecting the Built Environment Award at the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards 2014.

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